Claire graduated from Interlake High School in Bellevue, received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington, and went on to Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Originally an environmental attorney, Claire happened upon an opportunity to work for a judge in 2000 and was surprised by how much she loved working directly with the public and in a courtroom. When the judge retired, Claire was hired by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, where she spent the last 15 years.
Claire’s last five years as a prosecutor were spent in the Juvenile Division, which is where she was first introduced to Escape to Peace (ETP). Quickly impressed by the incredible work that ETP did with several girls on Claire’s caseload, she immediately became a devoted supporter of ETP and is now proud to have been appointed to the Board of ETP in 2019.
Claire Thornton, born in Seattle to British parents and raised mainly in Bellevue, spent a few formative and interesting years in Reno, Nevada during middle school and high school. Claire thinks of herself as a true Pacific Northwesterner and is often the only one at any gathering who was actually born in Seattle. In her “spare” time, Claire enjoys cooking, writing, painting, watching seven nieces and nephews grow up way too fast, and volunteering at her husband Greg’s youth art events.